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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Eagle, Bear runners place in Top 10 at Wink

The Pecos Eagles’ cross country team got in their final meet before District 3-3A competition this past Saturday, with senior Jennifer Martinez placing ninth in the field at the Wink Invitational.

Also at the meet, Balmorhea’s Michael Hernandez came in sixth place in the boys’ division, while Pecos’ runners finished further back in the 60-plus field of runners.

Coach Rudy Jurado said Martinez ran the two-mile course at the Winkler County Golf Course in 14:18, and placed second overall of the district runners at the meet, behind Monahans’ Daisy Zamarippa.

“She placed ahead of her before, but as far as distance, I definitely think Jennifer’s gaining on her. She was a lot closer than last time,” said Jurado.

Heather Lamka ran a 16:05 time and placed 49th, while Kathryn Lamka as 53rd, with a 16:28 time. There were about 80 runners entered in the varsity girls division of the race.

For Pecos’ boys, Aaron Mendoza ran a 19 flat over the three miles course and placed 40th, while Rene Gonzales was 42nd with a 19:07 time, Jeremiah Jurado was 43rd with a 19:10 time and Jesse Juarez was 53rd with a time of 20:32.

Hernandez, who won the District 6-A boys title last year, ran a 16:46 to finish sixth overall, after coach Doug Maynard said he missed the previous two weeks due to the flu and a hip pointer injury.

“I just wanted him to work this week at getting back into shape,” Maynard said. “You could see he had an end kick, so his heart’s getting back there.”

The district meet for Balmorhea is scheduled for Oct. 26 in Comstock, while Pecos’ District 3-3A meet is scheduled for Oct. 24 at the Ward County Golf Course in Monahans.

Loss to Prowlers dims Eagles’ playoff hopes

One comeback was all the Pecos Eagles had in them on Saturday against the Fort Stockton Prowlers, as they saw their hopes for a bi-district volleyball playoff berth all but ended after a sweep by Fort Stockton.

Pecos led the first game early, fell behind in the middle, and trailed 24-21 when they rallied for four straight points to grab a 25-24 lead. But with a chance to put the game away on a free ball, the Eagles failed to finish the job, and Fort Stockton came back for a 27-25 win.

Things were a lot easier for the Prowlers after that, as they jumped ahead by a 7-2 score in Game 2 before winning 25-14, while scoring the first 20 points of Game 3 before the Eagles could get on the scoreboard in what ended up as a 25-6 defeat.

“We’re still fighting ourselves. We give up too easily,” said coach Debbie Garcia.

“We’ve got to dig deeper and deeper, and we have to learn to overcome and shake off our mistakes. Until we do that, we’re not going to be successful.”

With an 0-3 record in the first half of District 3-3A play, Pecos had to defeat the 1-2 Prowlers or face the prospect of having to win out over 2-1 Presidio and defending state champ Monahans in their final two games to force a playoff for third place. And after losing a five-game match in Fort Stockton earlier this month, Pecos appeared ready for another long game, as they traded leads with the Prowlers in Game 1.

The Eagles had two points leads four times in the early going, getting hits from Amber Pando and Adriana Armendariz while taking advantage of some mistakes by Fort Stockton. But the Prowlers would go on a 6-0 run to take a 12-8 lead, and were up by a 17-12 score when a dink shot by Brittany Rodriguez started a 6-1 run that ended with a Jasmine Rayos spike that tied the score at 18-all.

A bad hit by Heather Garvin then put Pecos ahead, but a bad hit by Rayos tied it, and Fort Stockton would use a couple of blocks by Angelica Newton to regain the lead. They got to game point at 24-21, but after a time-out, three bad spikes by the Prowlers and a kill by Rodriguez gave the Eagles a 25-24 lead. Pecos then had a chance to end it on a free ball, but Rodriguez’s kill went wide of the court to tie it, and then Armendariz mishandled a serve and Lesela Fierro was able to put down a tip shot to end the game.

She would start off Game 2 with a kill and then tied the score at 2-2, after a spike by Rodriguez and a bad hit by Tracey Jimenez gave the Eagles what turned out to be their last lead of the day. Ruby Bernal dinked a shot in over Pecos’ front line and later had a kill off Rodriguez as part of a 6-0 run. Pecos finally broke serve and traded points with Fort Stockton for a while, but with the score 18-13 a dink shot by Jimenez started off a game-ending 7-1 run that Erinn Blanco finished off with a kill.

The 7-1 run turned into a 27-1 run in Game 3, as the Eagles were out-hustled by the Prowlers. Time outs by Garcia at 7-0 and 14-0 didn’t help, and Pecos finally broke the shutout on a net violation by Fort Stockton.

Garcia said there were some bright spots, despite the loss. “Cassandra Terrazas had a very, very good game on defense. Jasmine Rayos had some good kills and Amalie (Herrera) and Tiffany (Tarango) had good games on the back line.”

The loss puts Pecos at 11-19 on the season, while Fort Stockton improved to 25-10. They can officially clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday with a win over Monahans or with a loss by the Eagles at Presidio, which can also earn a trip to the playoffs with a win.

“We’re pretty much out of the playoffs, but I told them we’re going to start building for next year starting with Presidio,” Garcia said.

Pecos did win Saturday’s junior varsity match by 25-23, 27-25 scores, while Fort Stockton took the freshman contest over the Eagles, 25-22, 25-23. Garcia said Tuesday’s freshmen and JV games in Presidio would start at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity contest around 5:45 p.m.

Pecos swimmers post sweep of Loboes in meet

The Pecos Eagle girls swim team came up with a strong performance on Thursday, in their home dual meet against the Monahans Loboes, while Pecos’ boys had an easy time winning their meet against the team they tied with for the Region I-4A title last season.The Eagle boys posted a 118-61 win over the Loboes in their division, while Pecos’ girls beat out Monahans by an 81-56 final score.

Pecos’ boys won the District 3-4A title a year ago, then tied Monahans for the regional title. But the Eagles returned far more swimmers than the Loboes did this season, so Thursday’s results weren’t a surprise. But Pecos’ girls graduated most of their key swimmers off last year’s team, and coach Terri Morse said before the season she expected Monahans to make a run at winning their first 3-4A title since 2000 this season.“Considering Neyva (Rodriguez) is out, I thought the relays might not do as well. But they were able to cut their times,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. “Plus, everybody’s been a little sick this week, and I thought we would be a little slow, but all and all everyone looked pretty good.”

The girls picked up wins in two of the three relays, with Ashley Mendoza, Lindsey Shaw, Cassandra Mata and Cynthia Marmolejo winning the 200 medley relay with a 2:18.62 time, while Shaw, Mata, Marmolejo and Niki Lindemann took the 400 yard freestyle relay with a 4:39.53 time. Lindemann, Marmolejo, Stephanie Lucas, and Brittanie Rodriguez were the members of the 200 freestyle relay team that placed second to Monahans.

Marmolejo had the closest win of the evening in the individual events, taking the 50 yard freestyle with a 32.64 time, beating out Monahans’ Lacey Nichols by .35 second, and also won the 500 freestyle, with a7:08.22 time. Shaw and Mendoza also picked up first places in both their events, as Shaw took the 200 medley with a 2:33.47 time and the 100 yard breaststroke with a 1:18.89 time, while Mendoza won the 200 free in 2:21.76 and the 100 free with a 1:07.37 time.

Mata had the Eagles’ other win, in the 100 yard backstroke, with a 1:16 time, while finishing second in the 100 yard butterfly to the Loboes’ Abbi Meek. Lindemann was third in that race and third in the 100 breaststroke, while Lucas was third in the 200 free and the 500 free, and Rodriguez was fourth in the 100 backstroke.

Pecos’ boys won all three relays and all but one of the individual events. Kyle Winkles, Matthew Oglesby, Matt Elliott and Matthew Florez won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.95; Oglesby, Josh Elliott, Alonzo Garcia and Frankie Morin took the 200 free relay in 1:43.71, and both Elliotts, Florez and Winkles won the 400 freestyle relay with a 3:41.11 time.

The Eagles also had three ‘B’ relay teams, with Morin, Garcia, Luke Serrano and Brian Carrasco placing third in the 400 free; Adam Medina, Jose Gonzales, Oscar Machuca and Hector Ramon placing third in the 200 free, and Serrano, Carrasco, Medina and Roman finishing fourth in the 200 medley relay.

Individually, Matt Elliott won the 200 freestyle with a 2:02.14 time, while Garcia was second; Oglesby took the 200 medley with a 2:11.93 time, with Serrano fourth; Winkles won the 50 free in 22.94, with Florez second and Roman fifth; Elliott won the 100 yard butterfly in 59.20, with Carrasco fourth and Medina fifth; Florez took the 100 free with a 54.77 time, with Josh Elliott a tenth of a second back and Morin in fourth; Oglesby won the 500 free with a 5:21.60 time, with Medina third; and Winkles took the 100 backstroke in 59.15, with Josh Elliott second and Morin third.

Monahans’ only win was by Reed Bowman in the 100 yard breaststroke, with Garcia placing second, Serrano fifth and Carrasco sixth for Pecos.

Morse said she swam a few people in different races than in Pecos’ first dual meet of the season, last month against Fort Stockton. “Most kids want to swim other things to get a chance to get timed in those events, and this is the kind of meet you need to do it in,” she said.

Morse added she would have to change a few things up for Pecos’ next meet as well, on Oct. 29 at Big Spring. “The (area) band contest is that day, so some of my kids will have to be getting out early, so some of them won’t be swimming what they normally do,” she said.

Sub varsity Eagles short of second half points

There wasn’t much scoring in the second half of Thursday’s sub varsity games between the Pecos Eagles and the Seminole Indians. In fact, there wasn’t much of a second half at all in the JV game between Pecos and Seminole.

With several players suspended for rules violations, Pecos suited up only 13 players for their JV game on Thursday against Seminole, and after losing two linemen to injury, were forced to end the game in the third period, with the Indians holding a 19-0 lead.Earlier, Pecos’ freshmen penalized themselves out of a victory over Seminole, as a touchdown in the final minute was wiped out by the last in a series of penalties against the Eagles, allowing the Indians to win by a 15-12 score.

All the points in that game were scored in the first half, as were all the points in the first half of Pecos’ seventh grade purple game at Seminole, which was won by the Indians, 16-6. The seventh grade gold team won their game by a 22-0 score, while the eighth grade Eagles were beaten by the Indians, 32-6.

Hector Ramirez had a 30-yard touchdown run, and Timo Reyes caught a 40-yard pass from Jeremy Martinez for a score. But Seminole took the lead just before halftime, and made it stand up through the second half, while Pecos saw an illegal block call wipe out Ramirez’s 52-yard punt return for a touchdown. The loss left the freshmen with a 3-3 record.

The JV fell to 0-7 with their loss, which ended when the Eagles ran out of linemen to put into the game.

The seventh grade purple team is 3-2 after falling to the Indians. Pecos scored on its opening drive, thanks to a 17-yard TD pass from Arturo Muniz to Zack Rayos, but were shut out the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the gold team improved to 3-1 with their win, as Dylan Garcia and Donovan Rodriguez scored touchdowns for Pecos.

The eighth graders are 0-5 after their loss. Nick Granado had Pecos’ score on a 12-yard run, with Cesar Lazcano adding the two-point conversion run.

The JV and freshman teams will play Thursday evening in Greenwood, while the junior high teams will host the Rangers on Thursday at Eagle Stadium and the Crockett Middle School field.

Indians’ attack too much for Eagles

Not enough bodies versus too many weapons was a battle the Pecos Eagles were on the wrong side of Friday night in Seminole.

Seminole quarterback Eric Boyd connected with six different receivers on the night for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 145 and two other scores, after running back Manuel Gonzales had gained 84 yards and scored a touchdown on just four carries. Meanwhile, the Eagles did throw the ball a little more with Miguel Estrada at quarterback in place of Eddie Vela, and Luis Ortega ran for 131 yards. But Pecos was never able to get off a big play, and saw their best scoring chances ended by turnovers, as the Indians handled the Eagles their first shutout loss of the season, 35-0.

“Our lack of depth hurts,” said Eagles’ coach Patrick Willis. “It always helps if you have guys who can come in and get some reps and give the others a rest, but we didn’t have anybody. We only had 22 guys suited out.”

Estrada, who continued to play in his regular spot in the defensive secondary, started his first game of the season on offense in place of Vela, who was suspended due to a rules violation. But where Pecos was hurt the most was on defense, where the loss of both Vela and his back-up, Joenell Garcia, left the Eagles short of the speed needed to contain Boyd and Gonzales.

Two dropped passes on the opening series of the game, following a first down on an offsides penalty, forced Pecos to punt, and Seminole immediately went to work on Pecos’ defense. Gonzales ran for 11 yards on the drive’s second play, and Boyd then hit fullback Drew Phillips for a 42 yards gain to the Pecos 7 yard line. One play later, Boyd rolled right and found an open Rowdy Pack in the end zone for the first score of the game.

The Eagles held onto the ball enough to run some time off the scoreboard clock in the first half, but another dropped pass helped stop Pecos’ second series, after the Eagles had driven inside the Indians 35 yard line, thanks to a 24-yard completion from Estrada to Licon. Pecos was forced to punt, and this time it took Seminole just six plays to go 94 yards for their second touchdown, the final 54 on a run up the middle by Gonzales.

“They were giving us all that cushion out there that we’ve got to take advantage of, but we dropped a couple of them early,” said Willis.

Pecos’ next drive again started off promisingly, with three first downs, but after setting up a 3rd-and-4 at the Indians’ 34 yard line, the Eagles were hit by back-to-back illegal procedures calls, and punted after Ortega was only able to get halfway to the first down marker on a 3rd-and-14 run.

Seminole started driving again, but Pecos then gave themselves a chance to get back into the game in the first half, when they got a break on Seminole’s third offensive series, when Gonzales was hit and fumbled after catching a pass from Boyd, with Estrada recovering at the Eagles’ 4-yard-line. Ortega then ran for 18 yards, and after a Seminole penalty, Estrada and Licon hooked up on an 8-yard pass to get the ball out past the 30 yard line.

But on the next play Ortega couldn’t hold onto a handoff from Estrada, and William Brown recovered for Seminole at the 34 yard line with 55 seconds left in the half. The Indians needed just 39 seconds of that to score, as Boyd escaped Pecos’ pass rush twice after incompletions, the first for a 16 yards gain and the second for 19 yards and the score. Jon Salazar’s extra point made it 21-0 at halftime.

The lead grew to 28-0 on the opening series of the second half, with Boyd again doing most of the work on the ground. He ran for 34 yards on the first play after the opening kickoff, then scrambled for an 16-yard gain, and finally for 12 yards and the touchdown, after the Eagles were unable to get to a Corbin McDaniel fumble before it went out of bounds.

The final score of the night was a 38-yard pass from Boyd to Micah Clay, the district’s leading receiver who had been quiet until that point. “Eli (Hinojos) did a good job on him most of the night. He just stumbled on that play,” Willis said.

Pecos then missed two chances to break the shutout in the final period. Runs by Ortega and another pass from Estrada to Licon as the third period ended moved the ball from the 40 down to the Seminole 10. But three runs by Ortega netted just six yards, and were followed by a motion penalty before Estrada tried to dump the ball off while under pressure on fourth down and was ruled to have fumbled, with Brown again recovering for the Indians.

Gonzales didn’t run the ball again after his first half fumble, and coach Charlie Burtch began using a number of different runners by the fourth quarter. One, Anastacio Morales, appeared to give Pecos a break when he fumbled the ball away to Sammy Urias on the Indians’ next series, but a fumbled snap by Estrada stopped one play, and on fourth down Matt Elliott was tackled in the backfield on a reverse attempt, giving the ball back to the Indians.

Ortega ended up running for 137 yards in the losing effort, and moved within 132 yards of the 1,000 yard mark, after running for 918 yards in eight games last season. “Cowboy is a strong, hard runner. A couple of times he could have broken it if he had gotten another block,” said Willis. “He’s a tough, durable back.”

Seminole’s win put them at 2-0 in district and 3-4 on the season. They’re tied for first place in the 3-3A standings with Monahans, who they’ll play on the road this Friday. The Loboes defeated Lamesa 41-6, while Pecos’ opponent this Friday, Greenwood, evened their district record at 1-1 with a 46-19 victory over Fort Stockton.

Bears sprint past Marathon following slow start, 65-18

The Balmorhea Bears got a little break from the tough part of their District 6-A football schedule on Friday in Marathon, though it did take a little while for the Bears to take control against the host Mustangs.

Balmorhea scored first, but then saw Marathon take the lead with two touchdowns in less than four minutes before Balmorhea closed out the half with 28 straight points and went on to score a 65-18 victory.

Balmorhea’s junior varsity opened up the season with a win over Marathon’s varsity, and coach Adolfo Garcia said he gave the JV players most of the playing time on Friday night in the official game between the two teams.

“We just played the little ones,” said Garcia. “Our varsity didn’t get to play much. We are kind of banged up after three hard games.”

Russell Garlick ran for four touchdowns and threw for another in the game, though the Bears’ varsity players did see some action in the first half, after Marathon took a 13-8 lead. Garlick scored on a one-yard run just under two minutes into the game, but saw Marathon get to within 8-6 on a 64-yard run less than 40 seconds later, and then take the lead with a one-yard score with 3:57 left in the quarter.

That lead only lasted 10 seconds, as Americo Rios scored from 45 yards out and Alexis Lozano added the extra point kick to give the Bears a 16-13 lead. On the first play of the second quarter Brian Mendoza passed 47 yards to Brandon Mendoza, with Lozano’s kick making it 24-13, and then Garlick passed 25 yards to Justin Machuca, and added a two-yard TD run just before halftime.

Marathon cut the lead to 36-18 with a 46-yard score on their first possession of the second half, but then Garlick scored on a four-yard run and Sean Enloe on a seven yarder just 12 seconds apart, and then the Bears added a safety and an 48 yard return by Rios for a touchdown on the ensuing free kick, to make it a 59-18 game. The Bears then ended the game under the 45-point rule 40 seconds into the final period, on a 15-yard run by Garlick.

The win gets Balmorhea to the .500 level in district, with a 2-2 record, and puts them over .500 for the season, with a 4-3 mark, going into their game their final home game of the season, this Friday against Fort Davis.

“We’ve got Fort Davis coming in, and that’s going to be a real close game,” said Garcia. The Indians lost to Grandfalls 35-28, and fell into a tie for second with the Cowboys and Dell City, a game behind Sierra Blanca, which defeated Imperial by a 54-8 score. Dell City shut out Sanderson, 50-0, in the other district game on Friday.

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